Archive for the 'Travel and Healing' Category

Silver Award in Adventure Travel: Walking the Roof of Africa

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

By Laura Lee Huttenbach

An unprepared trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro turns into an adventure of a lifetime.

“If you ever make it home from Africa alive, I’m going to kill you myself,” said my mom. She wasn’t happy with my decision to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro without an oxygen supply.
“But Mom,” I said, “it was [...]

Travel and healing Bronze Winner: Letting Go on the Ganges

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

by Kristin Zibell
A newly divorced women transitions from one life to another in Varanasi, India.
Our boat dropped anchor in the middle of the Ganges, and a slight breeze brought relief from the October heat. Two men interrupted the live, languid sitar music by scurrying like beetles around our wide-hulled rowboat, setting out 40 leaf plates [...]

Travel and Healing Silver Winner: The Healing Heights of Machu Picchu

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Erin Byrne
The Healing Heights of Machu Picchu is the story of how, on a trip to Peru, I emulated Pablo Neruda’s style of travel which his poem reveals, and received a promise in return.

Then up the ladder of the earth I climbed
through the barbed jungle’s thickets
until I reached you, Macchu Picchu.
- Pablo Neruda, The [...]

Travel and Healing Gold Winner: French Dolls

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

by Catherine Watson

To the end of his days, my father insisted that my travels were nothing more than “escapism.” Whenever I said I was going somewhere alone, he accused me of running away, of being “avoidant.” It didn’t matter whether it was Europe or the movies.
“What is wrong with you?” he once snarled at me [...]

Travel and Healing Silver Winner: Spiritual Enlightenment for Modern Conquistadors

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

by Eliot Stein

“Lake Como touches the limit of the permissibly picturesque; but Atitlán is Como with the additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It is really too much of a good thing.”
Aldus Huxley, Beyond the Mexique Bay, 1934
Where do we come from?
Huxley may not have realized it at the time, but when he traded in [...]

Travel and Healing Bronze Winner: The Secret Acts of Talent Show People

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

by Kevin McCaughey
I brought my ukulele on our Caribbean cruise.  Every afternoon my mother and I sang old standards in the cabin, while my father reclined on his bed, reading Robert Ludlum and wagging the book to the beat when we got to a rousing number like “Five-Foot Two.”
It was December of 2002, and my [...]

Travel and Healing—Gold: Ready or Not, Here I…

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Gaye Brown
I wasn’t sure what my children expected when I booked our Homeland Tour to South Korea. More self aware than many teens their age, they were adolescents nonetheless. Which is to say, given to opacity. My daughter, a priestess of Asian pop from manga and animé to gaming and “J-rock” claimed she was [...]

Travel and Healing—Silver: True Home

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Marianne Dresser
Hazy late-afternoon sunlight filtered through the pines, revealing an undisturbed layer of duff on the path. The taxis from the train station had brought our group up the mountain until the paved road gave way to this gravel path; from there, we walked.
Craving a bit of solitude after a few days in Tokyo, [...]

Travel and Healing—Bronze: Living Twice in Ghana

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Matthew Link
Death never takes a vacation away from us. It’s tied to our feet like an arrogant shadow wherever we go, as a constant reminder of all the things we’ve left behind.
And who wants to visit death on vacation? Believe it or not, a visit to Ghana’s coffin makers is on most tourists’ itineraries. [...]

Travel Memoir—Bronze Winner: A Bottle of Calvados

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Tom Cheche
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Shade kept us from seeing the sign. The narrow country lane, devoid of traffic, meandered through farmland of the Cotinten bathed in glorious autumn sun, highlighting roadside fields of squat, manicured apple trees but intensifying darkness in the occasional stretch through a palisade of looming shade trees. It was a rough board nailed [...]

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